Unfortunately I'm old enough to remember the 80's, but fortunately was young enough not to be into fashion until the grungy 90's... so I looked for some inspiration pics to help me with my costume.
I'll be going for big hair (of course) with a big bow tied in it, with layered necklaces a la SJP:
with the makeup and bangles of Cyndi Lauper:
while I found a black sequinned tube dress at the Salvos which I sewed a purple tulle ra-ra skirt to which looks very similar to:
So if I get any good pics I'll upload them next week for your enjoyment :-)
One thing is for sure - it will be the ugliest party I've attended in a very long time as everyone seems to be competing to have biggest shoulder pads, sleeves and hair. Should be fun!